Lenny Moore goes in for two points. The Kingsland senior had 24 points against Southland.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Lenny Moore goes in for two points. The Kingsland senior had 24 points against Southland. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland won its first boys basketball game of the season last week, downing Southland 73-51 in the Knights' home opener on Tuesday.

Kingsland jumped to a big lead, taking a 40-21 advantage at halftime, and then outscoring the Rebels 33-30 in the second half. The lead went back and forth to start, but after tying the game at 16 and then taking a 21-18 lead, Lenny Moore hit a three-pointer to start Kingsland on a 13-0 run, giving the Knights a 34-18 lead to take control. Southland never got closer than 15 points to Kingsland the rest of the way.

Moore ended up with 24 points to lead the Knights in scoring as he hit seven of 12 two-pointers and two of three three-pointers from the field. He added four free throws in six attempts.

Jacob Rindels and Quinn Larson each had nine points, Julius Wolf added eight while Isiah Bubany and Jordan Meskill each tallied six, Clayton Friemuth had four, and Nick Niemeyer and Logan Back each had two.

Several players also brought down rebounds with Larson's nine leading the way. Also, getting rebounds were Meskill, Plaehn and Wolfe with five each, Rindels with four, Bubany and Niemeyer with three each, and Allen Junge with one.

Rindels and Wolf each had three assists, while Larson, Meskill and Moore each had two, and Bubany added one. Moore had three steals and Wolf had one blocked shot.

The 1-1 Knights were scheduled to play Fillmore Central away on Tuesday and then return home for matchups with Caledonia on Thursday and non-conference opponent Lake City on Saturday. The Lake City game is at 6 p.m., the second game in a doubleheader with the girls, which play at 4 p.m.

The Knights continue the homestand Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a game against Chatfield, which will be the first game for the Gophers, many who played on the state champion football team.